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In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, technicians reopen the lander petals of the Mars Exploration Rover 2 (MER-2) to allow access to one of the spacecraft's circuit boards. A concern arose during prelaunch testing regarding how the spacecraft interprets signals sent from its main computer to peripherals in the cruise stage, lander and small deep space transponder. The MER Mission consists of two identical rovers set to launch in June 2003. The problem will be fixed on both rovers....
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Mars Exploration Rover 2,...
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=2204
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Images like this one, showing bright wispy streaks thought to be ice revealed by subsidence of crater walls, are leading to the view that Phoebe is an ice-rich body overlain with a thin layer of dark material. Obvious down slope motion of material occurring along the walls of the major craters in this image is the cause for the bright streaks, which are over-exposed here. Significant slumping has occurred along the crater wall at top left. The slumping of material might have occurred by a small...
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Crater, What -- Cassini, What...
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=2483
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Retrieving the Sample Return Capsule
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Stardust Capsule
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=4224
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These three panels show the first detection of the faint distant object dubbed "Sedna." Imaged on November 14th, 2003 from 6:32 to 9:38 Universal Time, Sedna was identified by the slight shift in position noted in these three pictures taken at different times. Subsequent observations at longer time intervals provided the information necessary to deduce the nature of Sedna's 10,500 year orbit around the Sun. The field of view of each frame is 3.4 arcminutes square, and each pixel is...
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Sedna, What -- Sun
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=1503
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Saturn's rings cast threadlike shadows on the planet's northern hemisphere. Note the translucent C ring, and thin outermost F ring. The image was taken with the Cassini narrow angle camera in visible light on May 10, 2004, at a distance of 27.2 million kilometers (16.9 million miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 162 kilometers (101 miles) per pixel. Contrast in the image was enhanced to aid visibility. *Image Credit*: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Cassini, What -- Visible...
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=2303
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An artist's impression of Japan's Nozomi orbiter at Mars. Nozomi means 'Hope' in Japanese. *Image Credit and Copyright*: Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Nozomi, What -- Mars
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=482
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Aerocapture technology could enable future missions to Titan delivering more mass to the moon than with conventional spacecraft technologies. [Such as using chemical propulsion for orbit insertion]
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Titan, What -- Moon
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=4566
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View of the bright limb of Ganymede showing a field of bright rayed craters in the satellites equatorial region and southern hemisphere. North is to the bottom of the picture and the sun illuminates the surface from the left. The finest details that can be discerned in this picture are about 6.7 kilometers across. The Universal Time is 8:45:09 UT on June 26, 1996. *Image Credit*: NASA
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Ganymede, What -- Sun
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=2283
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View of the Northern limb region on Ganymede showing the Galileo Regio region. North is to the bottom of the picture and the sun illuminates the surface from the left. The finest details that can be discerned in this picture are about 6.7 km across. The time is 8:45:09 UT on June 26, 1996. *Image Credit*: NASA
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Ganymede, What -- Galileo,...
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=2286
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Four global projections of the HST Titan data, separated in longitude by 90 degrees. Upper left: hemisphere facing Saturn. Upper right: leading hemisphere (brightest region). Lower left: the hemisphere which never faces Saturn. Lower right: trailing hemisphere. Note that these assignments assume that the rotation is synchronous. The imaging team says its data strongly support this assumption -- a longer time baseline is needed for proof. The surface near the poles is never visible to an...
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST),...
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=2110
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After becoming the first spacecraft to enter Saturn's orbit, Cassini sent back this image of a portion of the planet's rings. It was taken by the spacecraft's narrow angle camera and shows the sunlit side of the rings. *Image Credit*: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Cassini, Where -- Jet...
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=2643
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Images of Pluto taken by the NASA Hubble Space Telescope with the ESA Faint Object Camera. These images, taken in late June and early July, 1994 are the first views which allow resolution of features on Pluto's surface. Opposite hemispheres are seen on the left and right. The large lower images are processed versions made from a number of Hubble observations. The smaller images at the top are actual raw images, each pixel is over 150 km across. The variations in brightness may be due to...
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Pluto, What -- Hubble Space...
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=2025
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This is a mosaic of the main belt asteroid 253 Mathilde made up of four images returned by the NEAR spacecraft during its flyby. The images were taken on 27 June 1997 from a distance of 2400 km. The portion of the asteroid visible is about 59 x 47 km and the resolution is roughly 300 m. Three large craters can be discerned, one at lower center, one at the top left viewed edge-on, and one at lower right, also viewed edge-on. The crater at center is estimated to be 10 km deep. These large...
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Crater
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=2043
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Artist David Seal's rendering shows the bright, icy surface of icy Enceladus. In the foreground, an ice geyser can be seen projecting a jet of vapor into space. Enceladus is considered by some as the source of Saturn's E ring (which can be very faintly seen along Saturn's equatorial plane); icy geysers may be responsible for sustaining the E ring's supply of micrometer-sized particles. For more images related to the Cassini mission, visit the Cassini Multimedia Gallery. *Image Credit*: NASA
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Enceladus, What -- Cassini
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=508
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Animations aid scientists in better understanding how the turbulent atmospheres of giant gas planets like Jupiter work. Recent studies explain that clouds do not behave the same way on gas planets as they do on Earth.
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Jupiter, What -- Earth
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The small dot moving slightly off to the left of center in this image is newly-discovered Kuiper Belt object 2004 DW. 2004 DW was found in images taken Feb 17, 2004 (nearly 74 years to the day after Pluto was discovered) by Mike Brown (Caltech), Chad Trujillo (Gemini Observatory) and David Rabinowitz (Yale). They are the same people who found Quaoar in the summer of 2002. 2004 DW is one of the largest Kuiper Belt objects currently known. Initial indications are that it may be over half the...
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Pluto, What -- Gemini, What...
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=1363
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Deep Space 1, which has already completed a highly successful mission testing a number of advanced spacecraft technologies, passed inside the mostly unknown environment just 2,000 kilometers (about 1,200 miles) from the nucleus of comet Borrelly on Sept. 22, 2001. *Image Credit*: NASA/JPL
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Deep Space 1
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=2195
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These views show several examples of impact craters over a large range on Venus. Craters are listed in order of increasing diameter: * 4 km (6.40N, 272.20E): Note the irregular shape. The dense venusian atmosphere prevents small meteoroids from making it to the surface (there are no craters less than ~2 kilometers in diameter) and causes meteoroids that form the smallest craters to fragment and separate, resulting in a noncircular crater. * 10 km (0.00N, 142.60E): "Multiple-floored"...
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Venus, What -- Crater
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=785
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This animation was made with images captured by NASA's Stardust spacecraft as it flew past comet Wild 2. The spacecraft captured samples of comet dust and snapped some of the clearest images of a comet nucleus ever taken. *Image Credit*: NASA
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Stardust
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=763
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This is a New Frontiers class mission that would use two probes descending to a pressure of approximately 10 bars, and would measure atmospheric composition and dynamics. In addition, it would remote sense down to approximately a pressure of 100 bars, using microwave radiometry.
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Saturn
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Artist's concept of Deep Space 1. *Image Credit*: NASA
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Deep Space 1
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Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Mars
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False-color image of gully channels in a crater in the southern highlands of Mars, taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The gullies emanating from the rocky cliffs near the crater's rim (upper left) show meandering and braided patterns typical of water-carved channels. North is approximately up and illumination is from the left; scale, 26 centimeters per pixel. A link to the full HiRISE image that includes this view is...
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Crater, What -- Mars, What --...
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=5663
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Two new Cassini views of Saturn's tumbling moon Hyperion offer the best looks yet at one of the icy, irregularly-shaped moons that orbit the giant, ringed planet. The image products released today include a movie sequence and a 3D view, and are available at http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov [ http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov ], http://www.nasa.gov/cassini [ http://www.nasa.gov/cassini ] and http://ciclops.org [ http://ciclops.org ]. The views were acquired between June 9 and June 11, 2005 , during Cassini's...
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Cassini, What -- Moon, What...
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=4003
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Phoebe delivers on its promise to reveal new wonders to Cassini by showing probable evidence of an ice-rich body overlain with a thin layer of dark material. The sharply-defined crater at above center exhibits two or more layers of alternating bright and dark material. Imaging scientists on the Cassini mission have hypothesized that the layering might occur during the crater formation, when ejecta thrown out from the crater buries the pre-existing surface that was itself covered by a relatively...
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Cassini, What -- Crater, What...
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=2463
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Technicians wearing 'bunny suits' to avoid contaminating the spacecraft install radiation shielding on the Genesis spacecraft. They are working in Lockheed Martin's Denver, Colo., highbay facility. The the shielding protects electronic components need from radiation emitted by the Sun. *Image Credit*: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Genesis, What -- Sun, Where...
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=2547
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Viking 1 Lander image of Chryse Planitia looking over the lander. The large white object at lower left and center, with the American flag on the side, is the radiothermal generator (RTG) cover. The high-gain S-band antenna is at upper right. The view, from 22 N, 50 W, is to the northwest. Chryse Planitia is a wide, low plain covered with large rocks and loose sand and dust. The image was taken on 30 August 1976, a little over a month after landing. (Viking 1 Lander, 12B069) *Image Credit*: NASA
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Viking 1 Lander
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=2049
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NASA's Space Infrared Telescope Facility has switched on two of its onboard instruments and captured some preliminary star-studded images. The space observatory was launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on August 25.
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Luna 13 became the second Soviet spacecraft to successfully soft-land on the surface of the Moon. The probe landed in the Ocean of Storms at 18:01 UT on 24 December 1966, between the Krafft and Seleucus craters at 18_52' north latitude and 62_3' west longitude. Unlike its predecessor, the heavier Luna 13 lander (113 kilograms) carried a suite of scientific instruments in addition to the usual imaging system. A three-axis accelerometer within the pressurized frame of the lander recorded the...
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Luna 13, What -- Moon
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=3303
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An ion thruster is removed from a vacuum chamber at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., its job done following almost five years of testing. Engineers John Anderson and Keith Goodfellow, from left, are part of JPL's Advanced Propulsion Technology Group. The thruster, a spare engine from NASA's Deep Space 1 mission, ran for a record 30,352 hours, giving researchers the ability to observe its performance and wear at different power levels throughout the test. This information will...
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Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=2199
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These four images of Jupiter and the luminous night-side impact of fragment W of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 are different versions of an average of 8 images taken by the Galileo spacecraft of July 22, 1994. The frames that were averaged span about 30 seconds near 8:06 UT. These four "averaged" images show the scene without and with (top and bottom) spatial filtering and contrast enhancement, and without and with (left and right) a latitude/longitude grid. Grid spacing is 30 degrees, with...
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Jupiter, What -- Galileo
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=2172
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This view shows a full-resolution portion of the first image of Mars taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera (HiRISE) on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The spacecraft, launched Aug. 12, 2005, began orbiting Mars on March 10, 2006. The image is of an area in Mars' mid-latitude southern highlands. HiRISE took this first test image from orbit on March 24, 2006, from an altitude of 2,489 kilometers (1,547 miles), achieving a resolution of 2.49 meters (98 inches) per...
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Mars, What -- High Resolution...
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This rare color view of Saturn's night side shows how the rings dimly illuminate the southern hemisphere, giving it a dull golden glow. Part of the northern dark side is just visible at top -- the illumination it receives being far less than the south. The unlit side of the rings is shown here. The portion of the rings closest to Cassini is within the dark shadow of Saturn; the bright distant portion is outside the planet's shadow. A crescent Tethys (1,071 kilometers, or 665 miles across)...
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Cassini, What -- Saturn, What...
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Hurricane Charley makes landfall at 3:45 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, Aug. 13. Maximum sustained winds were near 140 mph with higher gusts. Hurricane force winds extended outward up to 25 miles from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 85 miles. The storm cut a swatch across the state. *Image Credit*: NOAA
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, Where -- Florida
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Thor-Able I with the Pioneer I spacecraft atop, prior to launch at Eastern Test Range at what is now Kennedy Space Center. Pioneer I launched on October 11, 1958, the first spacecraft launched by the 11 day old National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Although it failed to reach the Moon it did transmit 43 hours of data. *Image Credit*: NASA
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Moon, Where -- Kennedy Space...
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Speeding toward pale, icy Dione, Cassini's view is enriched by the tranquil gold and blue hues of Saturn in the distance. The horizontal stripes near the bottom of the image are Saturn's rings. The spacecraft was nearly in the plane of the rings when the images were taken, thinning them by perspective and masking their awesome scale. The thin, curving shadows of the C ring and part of the B ring adorn the northern latitudes visible here, a reminder of the rings' grandeur. It is notable that...
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Dione, What -- Saturn, What...
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=4163
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A fresh new crater in the center of an older crater basin is shown in this picture (FDS27459) of the surface of Mercury taken March 29, by Mariner 10.
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The dark-floored crater Khensu is the target of this image of Ganymede. The Solid-State Imaging System onboard the Galileo spacecraft imaged this region as it passed Ganymede during its second orbit through the jovian system. Khensu is located at 20N latitude and 1530W longitude in a region of bright terrain known as Uruk Sulcus, and is about 13 kilometers in diameter. Like some other craters on Ganymede, it possesses an unusually dark floor and a bright ejecta blanket. The dark component may...
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On June 8th, in a tiny village in Slovakia, Tomas Maruska took a picture that is beyond rare. It shows Venus and the International Space Station (ISS) transiting the Sun at the same time. The double transit was visible only inside a narrow corridor a few hundred meters wide. And it was brief. The space station crosses in the Sun in a split second. Maruska knew when and where to look thanks to the predictions of Thomas Fly, an expert forecaster of ISS transits. The image was taken in the village...
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This image from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows a portion of the heat shield that the spacecraft jettisoned shortly before landing. *Image Credit*: NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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In this highest resolution view of the icy, rocky nucleus of comet Borrelly, (about 45 meters or 150 feet per pixel) a variety of terrains and surface textures, mountains and fault structures, and darkened material are visible over the nucleus's surface. This was the final image of the nucleus of comet Borrelly, taken just 160 seconds before Deep Space 1's closest approach to it. This image shows the 8-km (5-mile) long nucleus about 3417 kilometers (over 2,000 miles) away. Smooth, rolling...
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This pair of images illustrates the ability of multi-parameter radar imaging sensors such as the Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C/X-band Synthetic Aperture radar to detect climate- related changes on the Patagonian ice fields in the Andes Mountains of Chile and Argentina. The images show nearly the same area of the south Patagonian ice field as it was imaged during two space shuttle flights in 1994 that were conducted five-and-a-half months apart. The images, centered at 49.0 degrees south latitude...
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Technicians lower Explorer 1, the first American satellite, onto the launch vehicle's fourth stage motor. This photo was taken in the gantry at Launch Complex 26 at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida. *Image Credit*: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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Fully assembled, checked out and fueled for flight, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) is ready for encapsulation in its protective payload fairing. Note the protective thermal blankets encasing the spacecraft and the solar arrays stowed at the base. This will wrap up preflight activities in the Spacecraft Assembly and Encapsulation Facility 2 (SAEF-2). Once encapsulated, SOHO will be transferred to Launch Complex 36B on Cape Canaveral Air Station, where it will be mated to the Atlas...
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A technician puts the final touches on NASA's Space Infrared Telescope Facility at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Sunnyvale, Calif. The telescope was renamed Spitzer Space Telescope after it was deployed in orbit. The telescope is observing the coldest, oldest and most dust-obscured objects in the universe. *Image Credit*: NASA
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This image set was taken at a distance of 15,000 kilometers (9,300 miles) from Titan and shows two views of an area riddled by mountain ranges that were probably produced by tectonic forces. Near the bottom of the right image, a band of bright clouds is seen. These clouds are probably produced when gaseous methane in Titan's atmosphere cools and condenses into methane fog as Titan's winds drive air over the mountains. It was once thought that these recurring clouds were produced by volcanic...
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Titan, What -- Visual and...
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Artist's concept of Mars Odyssey mapping mission. *Image Credit*: NASA
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Technicians remove one of the circuit boards on Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. To gain access to the spacecraft, its lander petals were reopened and its solar panels deployed. A concern arose during prelaunch testing regarding how the spacecraft interprets signals sent from its main computer to peripherals in the cruise stage, lander and small deep space transponder. *Image Credit*: NASA/JPL/KSC
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This collection of Cassini images provides context for understanding the location and scale of propeller-shaped features observed within Saturn's A ring. Careful analysis of the highest resolution images taken by Cassini's cameras as the spacecraft slipped into Saturn orbit revealed the four faint, propeller-shaped double-streaks in an otherwise bland part of the mid-A ring. Imaging scientists believe the "propellers" provide the first direct observation of the dynamical effects of...
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Two impact craters surrounded by an unusual ejecta blanket dominate this high-resolution image of the surface of Jupiter's moon Ganymede. NASA's Galileo spacecraft photographed this region as it passed Ganymede during its second orbit through the jovian system. North is to the top of the picture, and the Sun illuminates the surface from the southeast. Nergal, the larger crater, is about 8 kilometers in diameter, while the smaller (unnamed) crater to its west is 3 kilometers across. The craters...
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From its new location at the inner edge of the small crater surrounding it, the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity was able to look out to the plains where its backshell (left) and parachute (right) landed. This approximate true-color image was created by combining data from the panoramic camera's red, green and blue filters. *Image credit*: NASA/JPL/Cornell
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Artist's concept of Mars Odyssey orbit insertion. *Image Credit*: NASA
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This image is one of the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's first breathtaking views of the martian landscape after its successful landing at Meridiani Planum on Mars. On the left, the rover's mast can be seen in a stowed position. Opportunity landed Saturday, Jan. 24, 2004 at about 9:05 PST. The image was taken by the rover's navigation camera. *Image Credit*: NASA/JPL
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The prominent scarp (a line of cliffs produced by faulting) that goes through the middle of this image is named Discovery Rupes. This feature is thought to have been formed by shrinking of the planet as it cooled over time. *Image Credit*: Mark Robinson, Northwestern University
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This feature is an example of a class of volcanos that are considerably smaller than either the broad shield volcanos or Alba Patera. The summit consists of a single, very circular caldera with a smooth floor that predates the ejecta from two large impact craters. The lower flanks of the volcano, including portions of the impact craters, have been buried by the material that makes up the surrounding plains. This superpositional relationship indicates that the plains were emplaced subsequent to...
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Cassini's close swing by Saturn's spongy-looking moon Hyperion is providing breathtaking views of the tumbling moon. Raw images from the Sept. 26, 2005 flyby are available from the Cassini-Huygens Mission site. *Image Credit:* NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
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An artist's impression of Europe's twin BepiColumbo orbiters at Mercury. *Image Credit*: European Space Agency
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A variety of Earth-orbiting satellites are tracking Hurricane Isabel as it proceeds towards the America's East Coast. This image was taken by a National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite on Sept. 15.
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This natural color image of the limb of Triton was taken early in the morning of Aug. 25 1989, when the Voyager 2 spacecraft was at a distance of about 210,000 kilometers (128,000 miles) from the icy satellite. The largest surface features visible area about 3 miles across. The picture is a composite of images taken through the violet, green and clear filters. The image shows a geologic boundary between a rough, pitted surface to the right and a smoother surface to the left. The change between...
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Team members in mission control react as the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft sends back confirmation it safely arrived in orbit at Saturn. *Image Credit*: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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This artist's impression shows NASA's Mercury-bound MESSENGER from the sunshade side. The sunshade shields the spacecraft's instruments from heat and solar radiation. *Image Credit*: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
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The power of the Keck telescope's adaptive optics system is clear in this image of Uranus, its rings and the moon Miranda. The two sets of exposures compare Keck AO system off (left) to Keck AO system on (right). Upper: Uranus, its rings and moon Miranda at near infrared wavelengths of 2.2 microns. Lower: Uranus and its atmospheric details as seen in near infrared wavelengths of 1.6 microns. The image has been doubled in size. Date is Universal Time. *Image Credit*:Heidi Hammel, Space Science...
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Venera 11 was one of two identical probes (the other being Venera 12) that followed up on the highly successful Soviet missions to Venus in 1975. Veneras 11 and 12 differed from their predecessors principally in the fact each carried a flyby bus/lander combination instead of the previous orbiter/lander combination. Engineers reverted to the flyby combination partly because of the weight limitations of the 1978 launch window, but also because flyby probes afforded better transmission time for...
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In Spacecraft Assembly and Encapsulation Facility-2 (SAEF-2), Jet Propulsion Laboratory workers are closing up the metal "petals" of the Mars Pathfinder lander. The Sojourner small rover is visible on one of the three petals. *Image Credit*: NASA
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An active volcanic eruption on Jupiter's moon Io was captured in this image taken on Feb. 22, 2000 by NASA's Galileo spacecraft. Tvashtar Catena, a chain of giant volcanic calderas centered at 60 degrees north, 120 degrees west, was the location of an energetic eruption caught in action in November 1999. A dark, "L"-shaped lava flow to the left of the center in this more recent image marks the location of the November eruption. White and orange areas on the left side of the picture...
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In this artist's view, a helicopter team retrieves Stardust's precious cargo of comet and interstellar dust samples from a snow-covered field. For more images related to this mission, visit the Stardust Photo Gallery. *Image Credit*: NASA
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Cassini conducts its first close flyby of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus (en-SELL-uh-duss) at a distance of approximately 1,180 kilometers (730 miles). Enceladus is one of the most reflective objects in the solar system and its surface resembles freshly fallen snow. Cassini's flyby of Enceladus is the closest ever by any spacecraft.
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Debris blasted off the satellite Amalthea in high-speed collisions with interplanetary meteoroids will start with slightly inclined orbits like that of Amalthea (yellow lines), forming a slender tube around the satellite trajectory. These orbital paths are not, however, stationary in space but instead wobble about Jupiter's equator like a giant hula-hoop, keeping the same tilt off the equator but continually changing their orientations at rates that differ slightly depending on orbital size and...
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New images of unsurpassed clarity have been obtained with the ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT) of formations on the surface of Titan, the largest moon in the Saturnian system. They were made by an international research team [1] during recent commissioning observations with the "Simultaneous Differential Imager (SDI)", a novel optical device, just installed at the NACO Adaptive Optics instrument. The images show a number of surface regions with very different reflectivity. Of particular...
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This small ion rocket is being tested inside a vacuum test facility. The test was being monitored by a small camera lens inside the test chamber. Ion rockets are an idea that has existed since the 1950s. They were first used operationally by the Soviet Union and later were employed by American commercial spacecraft and NASA space probes. They provide very low thrust, but are extremely efficient. *Image Credit*: NASA
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An audience at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory listens to a description of the final moments of Ranger 6 in 1964. Ranger 6 impacted the Moon as planned on Feb. 2, 1964, but a malfunction disabled its camera system. *Image Credit*: NASA
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This image captured by the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's rear hazard-identification camera shows the now-empty lander that carried the rover 283 million miles to Meridiani Planum, Mars. Engineers received confirmation that Opportunity's six wheels successfully rolled off the lander and onto martian soil at 3:01 a.m. PST, January 31, 2004, on the seventh martian day, or sol, of the mission. The rover is approximately 1 meter (3 feet) in front of the lander, facing north. Immediate science...
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A team of scientists have made the first full-rotational Earth-based observations of asteroid (511) Davida. The asteroid measures 320 km (200 miles) in diameter. These images are among the first high-resolution shots of large asteroids.
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Newly-discovered comet Bradfield (C/2004 F4) plunges toward the Sun in this SOHO spacecraft image. Comets that get so close to the Sun can become very bright and, sometimes, break apart. At it's closest approach on April 17, 2004, the comet was well inside the orbit of Mercury. *Image Credit*: NASA and European Space Agency
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